Tsuga caroliniana


Bot. Gaz. 6: 223. 1881.

Common names: Carolina hemlock
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 2.

Trees to 30m; trunk to 2m diam.; crown conic. Bark brown, scaly and fissured. Twigs light brown, thinly covered with short, dark hairs. Buds oblong, 2–3mm. Leaves 10–20mm, mostly spreading in all directions from twigs, flat but slightly revolute; abaxial surface glaucous, with 2 broad, conspicuous stomatal bands, adaxial surface shiny green; margins entire. Seed cones ovoid to oblong, 2.5–4 × 1.5–2.5cm; scales oblong, 12–18 × 8–12mm, bases clawed, apex rounded. 2n =24.

Habitat: Rocky montane slopes
Elevation: 700–1200m


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Ga., N.C., S.C., Tenn., Va.


Tsuga caroliniana is valuable as an attractive ornamental; a number of cultivars have been developed. The wood is of little commercial importance because of the combination of mediocre quality and the relative rarity of the species in nature.

Lower Taxa